Three jailed in Finland over terror activities

Helsinki: Three people were imprisoned in Finland Friday for participating in terror activities in foreign countries.

The National Bureau of Investigation of Finland (NBI) arrested the three suspects earlier Tuesday and the Helsinki District Court decided Friday to jail them.

According to NBI, the three men were captured in the Finnish capital region and its surrounding area. The detained suspects have been all identified as Finnish citizens, and at least two of them are native Finns who converted to Islam, said Finnish media.

Ex-Dutch soldier tried to recruit jihadis: Report

Brussels: A former member of the Dutch armed forces has been attempting to recruit soldiers at the Volkel military airbase in the southwestern Netherlands and persuade them to join the radical Islamist cause, media reported Friday.

Officers at the base reported the incident to the security services earlier this week and the incident is now under investigation, according to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

Such bids to recruit jihadis inside a military base were "extremely ominous", sources told the newspaper.

Conflict between conditions and authority

By Jaspal Singh,

Demonstrations have been continuing in Ferguson, Missouri against the shooting of a young black man several weeks ago. In the meanwhile another black young man was killed yesterday by a policeman. According to one report 1500 black men have been killed all across the US by police since January this year. Open season on black men continues in the US under the presidency of the first black president Obama. Record number of black men have been incarcerated and are in prisons. Some have called it the new Jim Crow country.

Time right to move for constitutional democracy: Taiwan tells China

By Sirshendu Panth,

Taipei : Taiwan Friday voiced "strong support" for the Hong Kong people seeking universal suffrage and asked the Communist-ruled People's Republic of China (PRC) it is the most appropriate time to move towards constitutional democracy, saying the wish to enjoy greater democracy is the right of entire mankind.

Delivering his customary address on the National Day of Taiwan - officially called Republic of China - President Ma Ying-Jeou reminded PRC of its pledge 17 years ago to allow for 50 years the "rule of Hong Kong by the people of Hong Kong".


British man dies of suspected Ebola infection

Skppje: A British man with Ebola symptoms died Thursday at a health clinic in Macedonia.

It is not confirmed yet if the unnamed British man who was born in 1956 had been infected with the deadly Ebola virus or not, doctor Jovanka Kostovaks of Macedonia'a health ministry's commission of infectious diseases said at a press conference.

The symptoms of the deceased man included having a fever, vomiting and internal bleeding as well as rapid deterioration of the body, which raised suspicions, Xinhua reported.


Ban expresses concern over 'escalation of violence' in Kashmir

By Arul Louis ,

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has expressed concern over the escalation of violence along the Line of Control in Kashmir and called for "dialogue" between India and Pakistan to resolve their differences, according to his spokesperson.

Ban's associate spokesperson Vannina Maestracci told reporters, "In a statement, the secretary-general said that he is concerned about the recent escalation of violence along the Line of Control between India and Pakistan. He deplores the loss of lives and the displacement of civilians on both sides."

Aamir, Nepal PM discuss malnutrition in South Asia

By Anil Giri,

Kathmandu : Though some substantive achievement has been made in the region for overall development of children, compared with developed nations, South Asia needs to do more, Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala said here.

The prime minister made the observation during his meeting here Thursday with the newly appointed Unicef Ambassador for nutrition in South Asia and Bollywood superstar, producer and director, Aamir Khan.

China police arrest 30,000 suspects in cyber crime crackdown

Beijing : Police in China's capital city of Beijing have arrested some 30,000 suspects involved in cyber crimes in an online crackdown that began in 2011, a latest statistics report said Thursday.

According to Beijing's public security bureau, about 17 million illegal online messages were deleted in the three-year campaign, which also led to the detention of more than 50 suspects implicated in terrorism activities, Xinhua reported.

The clampdown targeted cyber crimes, hackers, online rumour-mongering as well as terrorism and violent content,the bureau said.


Obama promises more progress in war against IS

Washington : President Barack Obama has vowed that the US will continue making progress in its airstrikes against the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.

Obama made the comment Wednesday, two months after he authorised the first strikes on selective IS positions in Iraq and a few weeks after launching full scale attacks on the group in Syria, to analyse the results of the campaign.


Have you sent your name to Mars?

New York : Would you like to imprint your name on the surface of the Red Planet? NASA is giving you a chance to send your name to Mars via its Orion spacecraft, scheduled for a test flight Dec 4.

Nearly 95,000 people have already submitted their names.

To sign up, visit NASA's website on Orion's Mars visit, fill out some basic information and submit.

The site will then generate a digital "boarding pass".

You will get the message: "Success! Your name will fly on Orion's flight test".

All the collected names will be included on a microchip.